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House Appropriations Chairman Rep. Cameron Henry, R-Metairie, applauds the members of the House after HB1 was passed in the Senate and the House concurred, effectively passing the budget bill in June 2018.

Louisiana Senate backed creating the crime of harassing refs at youth athletic contests.

Meeting in a rare Saturday session, the Senate voted 35-to-0 for House Bill 184, sponsored by state Rep. Cameron Henry, R-Metairie.

The legislation creates the misdemeanor crime of “harassment of a school or recreation athletic contest official.” Conviction could lead to a maximum sentence of imprisonment for 90 days.

The measure must return to the House for its consideration of a Senate amendment that would criminalize not leaving the field and facility when ordered by police.

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